Russian Winter. 185 x 132 cm
All landscape painters know that in their profession it is most difficult to portray water and snow. Konstantin Yuon masterfully coped with his work - on his canvas the snow is so realistic that the picture blows real frost. It is just physically felt, and this can be considered the best praise to the artist, because the level of skill and the landscape painter is simply fantastic.
The canvas depicts a winter forest, densely covered with a thick layer of snow. A slightly hilly landscape with huge old trees spreads out in front of the viewer, against which the figures of children seem to be ants. There is snow everywhere, everything is white and white. After this picture, you begin to understand that there is no single white color - it has many shades, and each of them is present in this landscape.
Snow has a pronounced texture, just physically tangible, real, material. Thick snow on the earth is dense, like a cotton blanket, and on fragile tree branches it lies in voluminous goose down. The fact that it is lightweight is evident from the fact that the branches are not too bent. But it is clearly sticky, because the firs are densely covered with it, so that even their juicy greens are practically invisible.
In the distance you can see the wooden houses of the village, also under a thick white blanket. In front of them, a group of children sledding from a gentle slope. For kids, the snowfall is a real joy. Children in the foreground are returning from school and are actively discussing what they will do next. There is no doubt that they will soon join their friends in the village, and will also enjoy the winter and a nice, clear day. Their group is accompanied by a cheerful dog, who does not care about any snow and cold.
This painting was written in the post-war years of devastation and an acute shortage of everything, but there is no trace of gloom on it. It is bright, cheerful and life-affirming, because life goes on!